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Oakhurst kids go ape over exotic wild cubs

No one whispered “Here kitty, kitty,” during last week’s Summer Reading Program event, where a couple of cats put in a special appearance, courtesy of Project Survival’s Cat Haven - cats that can jump the height of a basketball hoop to catch a bird mid-flight, or track rodents underground using exceptional hearing.

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Heat Relief

With last week’s temperatures continuing to hover around 100 degrees, large crowds from near and far have been flocking to Bass Lake to escape the heat.

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Aerobics proves easier and cooler when exercising in water

They came to stretch, run in place, jump rope, walk with exaggerated steps, and since they were in a pool, a few threw in a little swimming for good measure. The early morning temperature may have been rising quickly, but the 30 or so who came to exercise were feeling nothing but good, healthy, and cool.

Cathie Campbell

Cool off with a summer drink

I must confess I have an addiction to ice in beverages, even if I am just having water. And not just some ice, but lots of it. Fill a glass all the way to the top with ice, trickle a bit of beverage over it and I am one happy camper (even though I have not had a chance to actually go camping yet this summer). Of course, beverages can be served without ice, or so I hear. If you are looking for some recipes for nice, cold drinks to enjoy during these hot days, I’m hoping you will find something you like right here. Enjoy your summer fun and stay safe.

Cathie Campbell

Delicious strawberry sundaes

July 7 is National Strawberry Sundae Day, so now we have an official excuse to indulge and take advantage of the season’s fresh strawberry crop. Not that we need any excuses, though; most of us love our strawberries no matter what. I recently returned from a vacation in Ontario, Canada, where their strawberry season was just beginning. Surprisingly, none of the restaurants where I dined featured strawberries on their dessert menus. The berries in the markets seemed not quite ripe yet, so I avoided those. Now I am so hungry for ripe, fresh local strawberries, so let’s get down to business. I hope you had a wonderful and safe July 4 holiday.

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It's too hot to cook. Make these no-bake fruit tarts instead

You don't have to turn your oven on to make these cute tartlets. They're topped with seasonal summer fruit, and happen to be vegan, too.
Aleksandra Konstantinovic The Fresno Bee
It's too hot to cook. Make these no-bake fruit tarts instead 0:57

It's too hot to cook. Make these no-bake fruit tarts instead

Grading has begun for the long-awaited EMCSPCA no-kill shelter in Ahwahnee 3:21

Grading has begun for the long-awaited EMCSPCA no-kill shelter in Ahwahnee

Fresno kids have a new watery playground at Vinland Park 0:57

Fresno kids have a new watery playground at Vinland Park

Is it heat stroke or heat exhaustion? Here's how to tell 2:44

Is it heat stroke or heat exhaustion? Here's how to tell